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The Hundred Penny Box

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    The Hundred Penny Box

    Michael¿s great-great-Aunt Dew, who raised his father Big John when his parents died has a hundred penny box. It has a penny in it to represent each year that she lived. Aunt Dew said, ¿when I lose my hundred penny box, I lose me.¿ Michael is worried because his mother wants to get rid of Aunt Dew¿s old hundred penny box. Aunt Dew doesn¿t seem worried but Michael wants to hide it, but Aunt Dew says ¿leave my hundred penny box right alone.¿ Aunt Dew is making it hard on Michael to save her hundred penny box and all of the memories in the pennies. Sharon Bell Mathis grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Morgan State College in Baltimore. She was a special education teacher, writes a monthly column for Ebony, Jr. She writes books for young children and received awards from the Council on Interracial Books and ALA Notable Book. She has written Sidewalk Story, Teacup Full of Roses, Listen for the Fig Tree. Leo & Diane Dillon illustrated this book. They met at Parsons School of Design and married shortly after. They quit their jobs to do free-lance illustrating. Then years later they began to illustrate children¿s books together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    A Beautiful Story!!

    A hundred pennies for a hundred years of life, with a beautiful memory for each and every year. In this beautiful story, the young boy, Michael¿s, Great-Aunt Dew has came to live with them. His favorite thing to do with his Great-Aunt Dew is to sit with her and count the hundred pennies in her hundred penny box. As the young boy counts each penny Great-Aunt Dew tells him another memory about that year in her life, for she has a penny in that box for every year that she has been alive. Michael loves hearing all the old stories, however, his mother hates that old box. She believes that the old box is rotten and ugly and should just be thrown away. Michael, however, knowing the importance of that old box to his great-aunt decides to go head-to-head with his mother to keep her from taking it while his aunt is asleep and throwing it in the furnace. Read this wonderful story to see if Michael or his mother wins out, and find out what ends up happening to the old, but important, hundred penny box. The author of this book Sharon Bell Mathis was born in New Jersey. She has a degree in library science and as well has spent several years as a special education teacher. Mrs. Mathis won the Newberry Medal for her work on this book along with this she has written several other books. For these other books she has won awards from the Council for Interracial Books for children, as well as, two books that are ALA Notable books. Mrs. Mathis is a very talented author, and is very deserving of the awards she has been presented.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    This book was the worst book in the world

    I feel this book should be rated one star for the following reasons. The book was hard to understand because the way the sentences were writen in a diferent slang. The characters were very boring there was no action in the book.the setting of the book was in a house. the hundred penny box had one hundred pennies in it and they counted the pennies for fun.the great aunt told stories throught the book.this is why i rated it one stare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    Talk About A Boring Point!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A boy's 100 year old aunt keeps a penny for every year she's been alive.The boy's mom wants to throw out the old torn up box that she keeps the pennys in.The boy helps defend to keep the box with his aunt and they win.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    pennies from heaven

    As my own mother grows older, I realize the importance of memories. The stories she tells my children express the values of our family as well as our family history. Aunt Dew and John Michael do a great job introducing (or reinforcing) this. The book made me stop and think whether 'things' or memories are important.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2005

    I loved it!

    I'm in first grade and I read The Hundred Penny Box. I liked this book because at every birthday, the great-great aunt adds another penny to her box but the little boy, Michael wants to hide the box because his mom is going to burn it up. What will happen to the box? Read the book to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004


    There is a little boy named Micheal who has to help protect his grandma's precious penny box. But will he succeed? Find out by reading The Hundred Penny Box.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    Very touching

    I liked this book, I read it in grade five. It was very touching and heart-warming. It also made you think of what you are gonna' do when you're old and the stories you'll tell you're grand-children

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